LAMB AND FLAG There is only one reference to this name which is in the 1905 publication by Kemp "History of Warwick and its people". In it he says "Facing the end of the street (Northgate Street) are two large houses which were formerly one - a big old coaching house called the Lamb and Flag." This building still stands and half is a private residence and the remainder is the Warwickshire County Council Staff Club so it has obviously been a licensed premise for a considerable period of time. LAMP TAVERN This pub stood at 11 Bowling Green Street and was listed from 1880 until 1914. At first it was a basic drinking establishment and was described as a Beer House in 1881. There were seven licensees during its existence: 1880-1888 Thomas Bane 1889-1900 Mrs. E. Bane 1901 It was in the hands of the Executors of Mrs. E. Bane 1902 H. Osbourne 1903-1908 J. Creelman 1910-1912 C. H. Taplin 1913-1914 Benjamin Savage In 1886 Thomas Bane was also listed as a shopkeeper. It was quite common for landlords to have more than one occupation as it was difficult to make a living from a small Beer House alone. LEYCESTER ARMS This pub was situated at 40 Brook Street and existed from at least 1862 through to 1914. It again had seven licensees but one of them owned the pub for 26 years. 1862 George Chambers 1874 William Griffin 1880-1905 Thomas Taylor 1906 Mrs Taylor 1907-1911 Dennis S. Ancott 1912 W. A. Webber 1913-1914 E. Newborough There is some debate as to the correct spelling of Mr.Ancott's name as he was listed as Aucott in the Directories for 1910 and 1911. This pub was also the base for some local carriers, the busses of their time. From 1880-1886 one ran to Gaydon every Saturday. In 1880 one ran to Lighthorne every Wednesday and Saturday. In 1880 and 1881 there was a Saturday service to Moreton Morrell. From 1881-1886 A Saturday service ran to Banbury (probably an extension of the Gaydon run). From 1884-1886 a Saturday run went to Norton Lindsey. In 1887 the style of Directories changed and destinations were no longer listed but two services were running; one every Saturday and another on Tuesdays and Saturdays. From 1888-1895 it dropped to just one Saturday service then from 1896-1898 it increased again to two Saturday services. In 1899 and until 1901 it reverted back to the one Saturday service it then increased again to two in 1902 and then to three for 1903 and 1904. In 1905 the Saturday services dropped back to two but a Monday service was also introduced. The latter was dropped again the following year and the Saturday services remained at two until 1909. In 1910 they increased again to three and rose to four in 1911 but fell back again to three Saturday services from 1912-1914 when carriers were presumably forced out of business by more modern forms of transport. LION INN This pub existed from 1862 till 1905 and stood on the junction of Monk Street and Crompton Street. There were nine licensees listed: 1862-1874 Charles Bartlett 1880-1883 William Beasley Jnr. 1884 Mrs. Beasley 1885 Charles Wagstaff 1886-1887 James Webb 1888-1892 Charles Clarke 1893-1895 George Bull 1896 G. A. White 1897-1905 Richard E. White In 1880 William Beasley Jnr. was another example landlords having more than one job with him being listed as a licensed victualler and a potato salesman but the latter is a rather unusual one to combine with running a pub! LORD LEYCESTER HOTEL The first reference to this hotel in the trade directories is not until 1926 but the building is much older. The site incorporates the eastern part of the former Jury Street House which was built in the early 1600s. The house underwent a series of alterations and by 1800 it had become The Three Tuns Inn. Only three licensees are listed for the hotel: 1926-1950 A. H. Tyack 1953 Mrs. F. MacKay 1956-1961 Joseph Maxwell This hotel is still popular with tourists and businessmen alike but landlords were not listed from 1962 onwards. The public bar is pleasant for a quiet drink and Courage Directors, Theakstons XB and Ruddles County have frequently been seen on the bar. LORD NELSON This pub situated on the corner of Emscote Road and Charles Street has been the subject of some confusion in the past due to an unusual coincidence when renumbering of the streets took place back in the 1880s. The Lord Nelson was originally listed as being at 13 Emscote Place in 1881 but the following year it was now at 31 Emscote Road which the previous year had been the address of a totally different pub called the Elephant and Castle. I am sure you can appreciate the problem this can cause for local historians. The pub has passed through 8 licensees according to the trade directories: 1881-1890 James Tiso 1891 Mrs. Morgan 1892-1893 Samuel Reynolds 1894 G. A. White 1895-1908 John Eales 1909-1925 Mrs. Eales 1926-1953 R. J. Eales 1956 W. T. Collier It is interesting to note that G. A. White moved around a bit because two years after he left here he turned up at the Lion which is referred to earlier in this instalment of Warwick Pubs. It also quite rare to find a pub passing from husband to wife and probably to their son to keep the pub in one family for almost 60 years. As I am sure you are aware this typical Victorian corner pub is still existing today but the present interior is anything but typical. As you enter you are confronted by the result of a interior designer being a touch over en thusiastic about a pub name. The interior now has a passing resemblance of the interior of Nelson's flagship Victory with wood and rope and ships wheels lanterns brass portholes and numerous other nautical connections everywhere you look. These theme pubs were often much less successful than this one and were generally ripped out again fairly rapidly. On a first visit it comes as something of a shock to find this one still surviving but at least you can enjoy a good pint of Ansell's Bitter to help you recover.
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